I know I’ve been rather quiet here on BBB this year, for a multitude of reasons which I won’t bore you with all the details except for the major one: the complete change of how my family eats, especially since the beginning of this year. We’ve moved to eating in a primal/paleo fashion. You may have heard of it–it’s gaining followers, and for good reason, I believe. I’m not going to preach about it, but if you’re curious, you can learn more about it at the Whole9 Blog and Mark’s Daily Apple to just start out. Essentially, we’ve cut things out of our diets such as grains, legumes and heavily processed foods; and began focusing our diets on meat, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats such as coconut oil and things like fruit, full-fat dairy and nuts in moderation. Sure, we’re not perfect–we do go off the rails sometimes for holidays or when we’re traveling–but we figure we always do the best we can, and our bodies do like to remind us when we’ve cheated enough.
It’s really been an incredible change for us. I’ve lost 80 pounds and have seen many of my health markers change for the better: my A1C, cholesterol and liver function numbers went to normal within 6 months of starting the diet–I sleep better and I have the energy to get through my day (with exercise, even!). Choo has been on this also, and he’s lost somewhere to the tune of 50 pounds.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know about this change, because it will change the tone of BBB in the future. I may experiment with the occasional baked good that’s been tweaked to fit our lifestyle (because sometimes CAKE is the only thing that matters), but from now on, I’ll be focusing on dishes that will fit into a primal/paleo lifestyle. Like this one:
Oh sure, it’s BACON. But, even with fat not being the enemy in a paleo diet, if you’re using cured bacon, it still needs to be treated like it’s candy: sweet, delicious meat candy. Still, these make a fantastic appetizer, especially right now while figs are at the height of their season. These are super-easy but still impressive (don’t you love it when that happens?).
- 1 pound sliced bacon (about 12 slices)
- 12 figs
- Heat your broiler on low and cover a sheet pan with foil.
- Slice figs in half lengthwise and cut bacon slices in half.
- Wrap bacon around figs, secure with toothpicks if needed (I didn’t need to, the bacon held in place)
- Place sheet pan in oven on the top rack setting, broiling figs about 7-9 minutes on each side, depending on how crisp you like your bacon.
- Fight the urge to immediately pop one in your mouth the minute they come out of the oven.